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  1. Hmm, I might consider myself an introvert, as I love to spend time by myself, organising thoughts and thinking about my life at the moment or at the past. Sometimes when there is too much people around, when I´m during my "me time" I tend to get pissed off. I like quiet times that provoke deep reflection that help me revise my life. I find taking walks around the city, or around a park a way of interiorizing myself. I love to watch the movements of the city as well as nature. One thing that I enjoy is riding buses while listening to music, and let the thoughts flow. So yeah, I´m pretty much of an introvert.
  2. Hm, I don't remember quoting any bibliography, but my teacher was just naive. I'd advise you to include it.
  3. Yes you should state the main points of the article. Do not waste time on reading unrelevant details. Although it might be a good idea that you print out the article for your teacher, and if you´re kind enough, you can print it out for your whole class. (if it´s not too big)
  4. Here are some general guidelines about how to structure your presentation. Please remember that this is just a guide and that your actual presentation may be quite different depending on your topic, format or personal presentation style. The timings are based on a 10 minute presentation. Each presentation should have two clear stages: · (1-2 mins) An introduction, this is where you will briefly describing your real-life situation and introduce the ‘knowledge issue’ or TOK question that you have extracted from it – this will usually involve asking a very ‘high level’ question about knowledge and explaining why this is a significant or important question to ask. · (8-9 mins) The development, a detailed exploration of the knowledge issue / TOK question that you have extracted from the real-life situation, this will usually involve you looking at different ways in which your question might be answered and the implications that these have. In addition, although it is not as important here as it is in the essay, you might want to consider what people would say to argue against you and how you might respond – all of this must be clearly linked back to your original knowledge issue / TOK question Introduction: · briefly state what the presentation is about, give an overview of the real life situation you have chosen to look at but do not go into great detail – you should aim to have just enough so that people understand what’s going on; · it is usually a good idea to have a clear title that is a question about a knowledge issue – e.g. ‘How can we know that …’ or ‘What role does emotion play in ….’ or ‘How is the concept of proof different in thehuman and natural sciences?’; · clearly state why your issue is significant; · you might briefly introduce the knowledge issues / perspectives that you will be exploring in the presentation; · remember to keep all of this really brief because overly long intros can lead to some really boring presentations. Development: You have two main choices when structuring your presentation, neither method is better than the other and both can allow you to access the top marks: · Argumentative – you can structure your presentation as an argument between two sides (obviously this will be more effective if you are working in a pair) and in this case one person may begin by outlining a perspective or knowledge issue and the second might then interrupt and argue back or offer an alternative view, argument or interpretation to which the first person might then respond … and so on. If you choose this structure you have to be careful to ensure that it doesn’t just descend into a yes / no debate but that each step in the argument reveals new ideas and issues. · Step by Step – alternatively you might like to assign each member of the team one particular perspective or knowledge issue to be responsible for and they can then explore this issue by themselves completely before moving on to the next member of the team and their issue. This means they will be responsible for identifying and responding to any flaws, limitations or alternative views and interpretations of their perspective / knowledge issue Regardless of the structure that you choose you will need to do the following: Explore a number of perspectives or knowledge issues; Remember that ‘perspectives’ could mean a different person’s opinion or point of view on the topic but a more sophisticated view of perspectives might include considering your issue from the ‘perspective’ of different AOKs or WOKs and comparing these with one another; Remember also that ‘knowledge issues’ could mean something simple like one of the BLURS but a more sophisticated version of knowledge issues might include exploring how a certain knowledge word like truth, proof, beauty or certainty works in the different AOKs or how the different WOKs work together to create knowledge in different situations; Explore each knowledge issue / perspective in detail – this will involve going beyond simply explaining the perspective / issue itself and you will also need to go on to consider any problems, issues, flaws, shortfalls or implications that are raised when considering that particular perspective or knowledge issue; you should also attempt to respond to or evaluate the seriousness of these problems or issues; As you are doing this make sure that you explicitly point out any similarities or differences that exist between the perspectives and knowledge issues that you are exploring; Make sure you avoid falling into simple stereotypes such as ‘All Catholics think x,’ or ‘All art is based just on emotion,’ or ‘Historians always z;’ Conclusion: · you should offer a clear, probably balanced, answer to the question; · if you have not done this elsewhere, you might consider the significance of the issue; · if you have not done this elsewhere, you might consider the implications that might be drawn from the various perspectives / knowledge issues covered.
  5. well, I believe the best way to learn a language is putting it into practice. Read articles in french, I´m sure you´re capable of this as you say you started french in year 9. Listen to news in french. Here´s a website of the main news channel of France, http://www.tv5.org/ . They´ve got a section dedicated to french learners. Just read and hear the news, make sure you understand everything and get used to uncommon words that you hear. If you know anyone who speaks french just talk with him/her, if not you can practise by your own, the latter might sound stupid though. That´s all. Languages are just about practising and acquiring the language. Bonne Chance!!
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  7. check this thread http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/9486-tips-for-writing-a1-essays-paper-1-paper-2-and-wl1/
  8. Topics dealing with 20th century world history, such as WWI, WWII, Cold War, Totalitarian Regimes. etc. I advise that you go for local history topics that are really appreciated by the IB. You could write the IA in a 20th c. topic but it must have a witty turning point, or an original spark that is a consequence of deep interest and investigation. Good Luck!
  9. My biggest motivation during IB was graduating and starting a new life at university. Yes, that was what kept me on track along with my post IB eurotrip and good music. I hope you get motivation, but don´t let this motivation take over your IB years which you will want to remember always. Just enjoy the moment! University is great and all, but you will have to wait for it and keep it up with IB!
  10. Yes you can. You just got to notify your Coordinator, and of course write the internal assessments in the target language. You will have to make sure you have a great knowledge in the language and tell your Coordinator as early as possible.
  11. I read Macbeth as well for english A1, and stumbled with the same problem. What really helped me out was going over www.cliffsnotes.com or www.sparknotes.com. It was way helpful! If you want a piece of advice, you should take notes in the book itself, I know it´s kind of dirty but when you read the book again for exams, it will be easier to remember things. Trust me, that paved my way to a 6 in english A1. Good luck!
  12. Hello fellow IBers! How did you find English P1? What were the commentaries about? I'm just intrigued about it. Hope you did fantastic!
  13. I guess not. Now that you mention it, I think I did the same last year for IB exams, and all went out well.
  14. We have uploaded the new official IB syllabus for 2013 examinations onwards. May you find it by following this link: or this other one: http://www.holyhearthigh.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/English-2013.pdf
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